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Ananya Agustin Malhotra is a Rhodes Scholar

January 2020
Ananya Agustin Malhotra is a Rhodes Scholar

Ananya Agustin Malhotra of Atlanta, a senior at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is among 32 U.S. students selected for a Rhodes Scholarship, which is the oldest international fellowship award in the world. At Oxford University, she will pursue the M.Phil in International Relations.

Her Rhodes application referenced her Indian grandfather’s stories of fleeing his home, set ablaze during the 1949 Partition; such “legacies of trauma are woven into the fabric of historic decisions made in the name of international politics.”

She hopes to pursue a joint-J.D./Ph.D. to study international law, human rights law, and international political thought and history.

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Ananya was an undergraduate fellow with LISD's Project on Gender in the Global Community and Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations during the 2018-19 academic year. She is currently senior commissioner for the task force “The European Refugee Crisis, Four Years On,” led by LISD Associate Research Scholar, Barbara Buckinx.
Ananya is a senior studying human rights and international relations in the Woodrow Wilson School, pursuing certificates in French Language & Culture, European Politics and Society, European Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Humanistic Studies.
Her senior thesis explores the collective remembrance of nuclear trauma in the United States and its territories, and she is interested in pursuing further studies at the intersections of critical theory, postcolonial studies, and international law with global justice, transnational solidarities and histories of trauma.
On campus, Ananya serves as the President of the SHARE (Sexual Harassment/Assault Awareness, Resources, & Education) Peer Program, the student co-leader of the ORL’s Faith and Gender Justice Fellowship, and is active in the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the Humanities Council, the European Union Program, and the Princeton Filipino Community. She has held internships at the European Roma Rights Centre and at UN Women.
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Her senior thesis “uses oral histories to examine the consequences of nuclear weapons testing in the American southwest.”


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